5 horses killed, roof collapses in massive Lakewood fire

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Five horses were killed and a roof at a business collapsed after a fire sparked and spread to three structures in Lakewood early Monday morning.

A Lakewood Fire spokesperson the fire likely started inside a home near the intersection of West 3rd Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard, and was reportedly shortly before 3 a.m.

The fire spread from the home to two other structures -- a barn and a business, Sutton Insulation. Firefighters and witnesses say the flames shot 60 feet in the air, and you could smell smoke for blocks.

Area resident Leslie Vega shot video outside her home at about 3 a.m., showing firefighters battling the fire only from the outside because the flames were so big.

After the fire had been contained early Monday morning, investigators were still unsure how the fire started. But firefighters confirmed most of the damage was to the barn, where five horses were killed and another was injured, and the business, where the roof collapsed.

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